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Spotlight on Student Learning

SL-music-Goodman-with-Il-Giardino-dAmoreThe Music Program at Canisius clearly demonstrates the Jesuit ideal of educating the whole person.  The program attracts and supports students who choose to complete a major, pursue a minor or continue their interest in music.  Music students are expected to demonstrate the technical and interpretive skills necessary for artistic self-expression in the student’s primary area of performance.  To accomplish this goal, the Music Program offers students the chance to work side-by-side with professional musicians, not only in the lesson studio but also on the concert stage. For example, the Canisius Chorale has performed several times with area orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Camerata di Sant’Antonio.

Recently, a few Canisius music students performed as soloists with area and SL-music second picture Altman with Il Giardino d'Amoreinternational ensembles. Emily DiMartino ’16 sang as soprano soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra during its on-campus performance in November. In October, Kayla Goodman ’17 sang a solo aria accompanied by members of Il Giardino d’Amore, an international group of musicians that specializes in 17th- and 18th-century music. At the same concert, Amanda Altman ’18 played viola along with the ensemble. The ability of our students to perform at this professional level helps document that music students are meeting the program’s performance goals for them.

In the spotlight: Kayla Goodman ’17 and Melissa Thorburn, adjunct professor, fine arts, perform with Il Giardino d’Amore members.

Also pictured: Canisius student Amanda Altman ’18 performs with Il Giardino d’Amore

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, academic affairs

On-Campus Memorial Service Planned for Susan Aronica

AronicaThe college mourns the loss of Susan M. Aronica, PhD, professor and chair of biology. Dr. Aronica died suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 9 due to heart-related complications.

Family and friends are welcome to attend an on-campus memorial service in Christ the King Chapel on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Canisius College for the Susan Aronica Memorial Fund, which will be used to support student-faculty research opportunities in biology. To make a gift to The Susan Aronica Memorial Fund, please click here. Under Gift Designations, click Other Gift Designation and write The Susan Aronica Memorial Fund in the comment box.

Submitted by Public Relations

Canisius Wins First Place in CFA Challenge

Canisius-CFA-3For the sixth consecutive year, a team of Canisius College students took home first place in the CFA Institute Research Challenge of Western New York, held Monday, February 15 at SUNY Geneseo. Canisius secured its latest win over Cornell University (second place) and Geneseo (third place), as well as Niagara University, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Oswego, the University at Buffalo, Syracuse University and St. Bonaventure University.

The Canisius team now advances to the America’s regional competition in Chicago on April 13-14, where it will compete with college and university teams from North and South America. The winner of the Americas regional competition then moves on to vie for the global CFA championship. Canisius College currently holds the CFA global championship title. Last year, a five-man team from the college’s Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) placed first over more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 865 universities in 70 countries to take home the CFA global championship.

“This competition provides our students with an opportunity to integrate their academic training in a team environment and become polished professionals at the very start of their careers,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, professor of economics and finance and faculty advisor to the Canisius team. Wall is joined by Matthew Krajna ’12, MBAACC ’12 who is serving as the Canisius team’s CFA mentor throughout the competition. Krajna is a portfolio advisor with Nottingham Advisors.

Read more about the CFA Challenge and this year’s Golden Griffin Fund team by clicking here.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Canisius Community Members Dominate List of Most Influential Leaders

Forty-five (45) members of the Canisius College community, including alumni, honorary degree recipients and members of the Board of Trustees, make up 18 percent of Business First’s Power 250 list for 2016. The annual ranking identifies the most influential leaders throughout Western New York. The Power 250 list includes 30 Canisius College alumni, including President John J. Hurley ’78, who climbed eight places from last year to number 45. President Hurley and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi are the highest-ranking college presidents on the list. The following is a complete list of those members of the Canisius community named to Business First’s Power 250:

Canisius alumni:

#17      *Carl Montante ’64, HON ’04, president and managing director, Uniland Development Corp.
#29      Rhonda Frederick MPA ’03, president and CEO, People Inc.
#35      **Mark Czarnecki MBA ’91, president and COO, M&T Bank

#37      Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ’82, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
#43      Rocco Termini ’72, president, Signature Development LLC
#45      **John J. Hurley ’78, president, Canisius College
#47      Angelo Fatta, ’66 PhD, chairman, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
#52      **Michael Montante ’91, vice president, Uniland Development Corp.
#57      Gary Crosby ’75, president and CEO, First Niagara Financial Group
#58      Paul Kolkmeyer ’75, president and CEO, Priam Enterprises LLC
#63      Kimberley Minkel MBA ’96, executive director, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
#65      **Lawrence Vilardo ’77, judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of NY
#72      David Nasca ’79, president and CEO, Evans Bancorp
#82      Dennis Walczyk ’74, CEO, Catholic Charities of Buffalo
#86      Allegra Jaros ’93, MBA ’96, president, Women and Children’s Hospital, Kaleida Health
#111    Patrick Gallivan ’82, senator, New York State
#127    Matthew Enstice MBA ’04, president and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
#134    James Dentinger MBA ’83, president, McGuire Development Corporation
#142    Thomas Montante ’65, CEO and business development principal, TM Montante Development
#152    Terrence Connors ’68, founding partner, Connors LLP 
#163    William Maggio ’84, president and CEO, IMMCO Diagnostics
#160    *Robin Schimminger ’69, HON ’07, member, NYS Assembly
#173    James Basil ’85, president, Joe Basil Chevrolet
#178    **Ronald Raccuia ’90, president, ADPRO Sports, NFL Agent
#186    Lisa Wilson ’91, executive sports editor, The Buffalo News
#190    William Kresse MSED ’98, PhD, principal, City Honors
#192    Michael Edbauer MBA ’12, DO, president and CEO, Catholic Medical Partners, Catholic Health
#202    */**Anthony Masiello ’69, HON ’96, president, Masiello Martucci Calabrese & Associates
#206    Susan O’Sullivan ’04, vice president, advanced solutions, Ingram Micro
#208    Mary Roberts ’77, executive director, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex

*Received an Honorary Degree from Canisius College

**Member of Canisius College Board of Trustees

Canisius honorary degree recipients:
#2      Jeremy Jacobs HON ’82, chairman, Delaware North
#7       Robert Wilmers HON ’88, chairman and CEO, M&T Bank
#17      Carl Montante ’64, HON ’04, president and managing director, Uniland Development Corp.
#22      Most Rev. Richard Malone HON ’13, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
#31      JoAnn Falletta HON ’00, music director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
#36      Robert Rich Jr. HON ’15, chairman, Rich Products and Buffalo Bisons
#49      Robert Bennett HON ’09, former chancellor, NYS Board of Regents
#53      Paul Snyder Sr. HON ’71, chairman, Snyder Corp.
#54      Donna Fernandes HON ’11, president and CEO, Buffalo Zoological Society of Buffalo Inc.
#83      Thomas Beecher Jr. HON ’10, chairman emeritus, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
#102    Donald Boswell HON ’12, president and CEO, WNY Public Broadcasting
#115    Melinda Rich HON ’15, president, Rich Entertainment Group; vice chairman, Rich Products Corp.
#160    Robin Schimminger, ’69, HON ’07, member, NYS Assembly
#167    Sr. Denise Roche HON ’92, president, D’Youville College
#176    James Wadsworth HON ’09, partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
#191    Robert Brady HON ’12, executive chairman, MOOG
#202    **Anthony Masiello ’69/HON ’96, president, Masiello Martucci Calabrese & Associate

**Member of Canisius College Board of Trustees

Canisius Trustees: 
#16      Joseph McDonald, president and CEO, Catholic Health Systems of Buffalo
#35      Mark Czarnecki MBA ’91, president and COO, M&T Bank
#45      John J. Hurley ’78, president, Canisius College
#52      Michael Montante ’91, vice president, Uniland Development
#65      Lawrence Vilardo ’77, judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of NY
#178    Ronald Raccuia ’90, president, ADPRO Sports, NFL agent
#202    *Anthony Masiello ’69, HON ’96, president, Masiello Martucci Calabrese & Associates

*Received an Honorary Degree from Canisius College Click here to see the entire Power 250 List.

Submitted by: Public Relations